Stairway steps out of controversy
March 25, 2019
A short walkway that links The Terrace with Boyd Wilson Field,was called ‘rape alley’until its residents stepped up and created Kake Tonu Way.
The walkway garnered notoriety in Wellington in 2014 following a number of sexual assaults.
Local artist Joe McMenamin was behind a mural at the foot of the walkway. He says he was inspired by ideas from the students at nearby Te Aro School.
Set in sky blue, the mural depicts native birds the tui and fantail whose birdsong enchants the path.
The name ‘Kake Tonu’ was suggested by children at Te Aro School: the school’s motto translates as “Ever upward”.
“It’s awesome.” said Marcus a student at Victoria University. It looks great and it just feels so much safer walking through it.”
An estimated 2000 people use the walkway every 24 hours, mostly students at Victoria University and some primary school children.
According to a report by Victoria University of Wellington, the project was created in an attempt to make the walkway more visible and increase security for locals and those who regularly use the steps.
In addition to the fresh look, a new CCTV camera was installed by Victoria University expanding its existing camera network.